Friday, 27 January 2012
A brief 45 minute saunter through the local rice paddy in Ratchaburi drew a virtual blank: no evidence of harriers or eagles whatsoever. A glimpse of a Thick-billed Warbler, a White-breasted Waterhen and small flocks of Plain-backed Sparrows and Scaly-breasted Munias. I am a little perplexed about the absence of harriers, I haven't seen any here since before Christmas: they have been a fixture here at this time on the two previous years. The rice paddy is dry and barren right now so maybe they have moved to better pastures and will return when planting begins which will result in the fields being flooded.